Consumer

By Brian Dolan May 18, 2009
Last week the mobihealthnews team attended part of the Wireless Life-Sciences Alliance meeting out in La Jolla, California. One of the founding members of the Alliance, mid-market investment firm TripleTree, announced its inaugural wireless life-sciences innovation/insight/initiative awards: the I Awards. TripleTree explained that the awards aim to "showcase companies that are delivering and...
By Brian Dolan May 18, 2009
If designed and marketed under the right conditions, America's seniors are actually very receptive to technology, in fact, they already have adopted many consumer electronic devices, according to a report from the Miami Herald. As we have noted before, one of the biggest drivers of mobile healthcare solutions is the aging Baby Boomer generation, which is the group of Americans born between 1946...
By Brian Dolan May 13, 2009
"We took a run at this five years ago and it fizzled out pretty quickly," explained Rob Mesirow, Vice President of CTIA, the international association for the wireless industry. "Quite frankly, it just wasn't the time, the stars weren't aligned, wireless data networks weren't robust enough and medical data wasn't there." "Now, the next generation of doctors, who are more comfortable with health...
By Brian Dolan May 8, 2009
In the past few months we have given Google Health a hard time for not bringing more functionality from their PHR onto the mobile platform, indeed, there was a time we noted Google Health's mobile strategy was allowing users to print out a copy of their health information and keep it in their wallet. (Seriously.) After a short interview with Google Health Product Manager Roni Zeiger, however, it'...
By Brian Dolan May 6, 2009
Major cities across the U.S. and Canada have recently launched text message-based sex education hotlines in an effort to stem teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Washington D.C., Chicago, San Francisco and Toronto each have automated text message services for frequently asked questions that provide teens with answers and information on local clinics.  The New York Times recently...
By Brian Dolan May 5, 2009
Earlier this week we wrote about IntuApps' forthcoming Swine Flu Tracker application, which has gotten a huge amount of press as one way the iPhone is helping public health officials disseminate information about the H1N1 (Swine Flu) virus. Of course, IntuApps' application isn't available yet -- Apple is still reviewing it, the company said. You may not realize it, but there are actually two...
By Brian Dolan May 5, 2009
The first Swine Flu (H1N1) application for iPhone -- released April 30. The app is called H1N1 Swine Flu Command Central and provides multiple sources for updates on the swine flu outbreak. The app includes a CDC Swine Flu news feed, CDC Travel Updates, World Health Organization Swine Flu headlines, HealthMap plotted outbreaks and news, syndicated news feeds following virus-related news as well...
By Brian Dolan May 5, 2009
Jim Sweeney, the founder of CardioNet and new CEO of handheld barcode scanner company IntelliDot, has no interest in Intellidot as it operates today: "This company in its current form is of no interest to me," Sweeney told Xconomy during a recent interview. "I have a vision of what can happen in terms of wireless technology and applications. I intend to take the company forward into providing...
By Brian Dolan May 4, 2009
iPhone applications developer IntuApps that Apple will soon approve its swine flu iPhone application, which allows users to see the current threat level of swine flu, a map showing the locations of recently diagnosed or suspected cases, a symptoms section with background info on the flu and an alerts page with breaking news.  As TechCrunch points out, if nothing else, this app allows the worried...
By Brian Dolan April 29, 2009
What role can mobile phones play in saving lives during a swine flu outbreak? Three companies in the mHealth industry have spoken out this week about the opportunity mobiles could play in mitigating the risk of a pandemic disease like swine flu. mHealth could help public health officials better collect data, could help slow the spread of the flu through remote monitoring, and could help keep...